Sunderland have been performing as well as many would have hoped they would have been following their relegation to League One.
The Black Cats, who do also have a game in hand over their promotion rivals, currently sit third in the division, just three points behind leaders Portsmouth and have just tasted defeat once so far.
A number of players have shone for the Stadium of Light outfit as they look to achieve their aims of returning back to the Championship at the first time of asking.
George Honeyman is one of those to have been excelling for the club this year, having been named the captain at the start of the season.
And, it appears he could be about to extend his stay with the club after Stewart Donald revealed that he is close to triggering an extension clause.
“George Honeyman, if he plays an X amount of games gets an extra year, so I think George is here for next year anyway,” he told the Roker Report’s Rapport Podcast.
Honeyman has played a key role for Sunderland this season, having featured in all bar one of their League One matches and has contributed two goals.
Given how he is currently playing, it is likely that extension will be triggered and fans will be pleased with the news that they can keep him at the club without having to go into serious contract negotiations for at least a year.
Sunderland return to action at the weekend with an away trip against strugglers Plymouth Argyle and will be looking to keep the pressure on the likes of Portsmouth and Peterborough United.
Sunderland fans – thoughts?